We received complimentary tickets to visit in order to share our experience with you. All opinions are our own.
A couple of days ago we had the amazing opportunity to go to Thanksgiving Point and walk through Luminaria. Luminaria is an amazing collection of The Grand Allee’s 8,000 programmable luminaries synchronized with music in over 30 different sections throughout Ashton Gardens. Each section is themed and we enjoyed each one of them. One of my kids’ favorites was the Candy Cane Lane which smells like peppermint. Another area had a very strong pine smell. Each section was unique and decorated beautifully and had its own music that the lights danced to.
It is cold in Utah in December, and this night was no exception. We bundled in coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc and we were still a little cold, but It was worth it. We spent about 2 hours walking through the whole thing, taking it in, enjoying all the fun photo ops and enjoying being together. There are games and activities for the kids in some areas, and places to buy hot cocoa and even s’mores kits so you can enjoy a warm treat by the fire while you are warming up before moving on. There are two real reindeer that the kids LOVED. They learned a lot about them and even feel an antler.
One of my favorite parts that my kids still talk about is the Light of the World Garden. This was a place where we were able to see moments from Jesus Christ’s life depicted in 35 monument-sized statues throughout the garden. The garden is lit with hundreds of glowing lanterns and there is peaceful music playing. We walked from statue to statue talking about why it is important and what it represented. This was a great bonding time for our family and very special. They keep asking when we can go back and see it again.
In the middle of the garden, there is a 40-foot hill that has a 120-foot tree light up and spectacular to see with the lights and music. This tree is visible from almost any point in the garden and the one you see as you drive by on Redwood Road or I-15. My kids were so excited to finally see it up close.
Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point. This enchanting mile walk will transport you into a magical holiday world as you make your way through the captivating Ashton Gardens. The Grand Allee’s 8,000 programmable luminaries blanket the sweeping hill, where each one acts as a pixel in a moving picture of blooming poinsettias, flying reindeer, and dynamic symbols of the season.
Looking for a quiet moment of reflection? View the nativity scene before entering the new Light of the World Garden. Glowing lanterns and peaceful music accompany this space featuring 35 monument- sized bronze sculptures depicting scenes of Jesus Christ from the New Testament.
Continue your holiday stroll while indulging all your senses in special touches like s’mores at the glowing fire pits, hot chocolate and sweets from the gift boutique, interactive game areas for children and adults alike, even peppermint-scented mulch.
Luminaria. It’s a holiday spectacular that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Only at Thanksgiving Point. Make this the first year of your new tradition and come experience the light.
So many memories were made and we can’t wait to go back again. Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point is a new family tradition for us.
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